First Responders Named as Parade Grand Marshal

POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown area first responders – including the Pottstown Police Department, Goodwill Fire Company emergency medical technicians, and staff members in Tower Health Pottstown Hospital’s emergency, intensive care, and COVID Cohort units – will be recognized together Independence Day (July 4, 2021) as grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade.

The parade is organized by the Pottstown Rotary Club, and sponsored by Pottstown GoFourth.

“We feel the community owes a debt of gratitude to these individuals, who put their own lives in danger to care for those in need during the recent COVID-19 pandemic,” Rotary Club President Brooke Martin said.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at High and Adams streets, and is scheduled to proceed west to Manatawny Street. It will include a Vietnam Veterans honor guard, the “First Responders,” Boy Scouts, dance groups, local politicians, Schuylkill River Trail Ambassadors (on bicycles), motorcycles, fire trucks, and other community groups on floats or marching.

The big yellow Rotary Duck, and the Boyertown Alumni Band, also will participate. A traditional steam calliope will bring up the rear of the parade.

A street fest sponsored by Pottstown GoFourth will follow the parade, beginning at 1 p.m., on High Street between Charlotte and York streets. The 30th annual Rotary Duck Race will be held at 3 p.m. at High and Hanover Streets. Duck race certificates can be purchased before July 4 from any one of 30 community agencies participating in the fund-raiser, or on Independence Day at the Rotary Club tent.

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